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Web, window on tragedy

My name is Will.  This is what I clicked.


As I mentioned on the air earlier, the democratic nature of blogs is such that it can be hard to find a single point of distribution for news and information.  Instead the reader has to work through the network of links and recommendations of other bloggers.  The links I'm collecting in this blog (today, yesterday, and the day before) are by no means comprehensive.  They are a starting point to do your own exploring.  Let me know if you find anything good I may have missed.

missing loved ones, not in English, but are universal.

For folks having trouble getting video to load, here's a .

The Sri Lanka tourist board showing the areas of impact in terms of death an injury.

Trinetizen has a dismaying with a law firm as he tries to tell a missing man his child has been found.

posts some prayers, and reminds me that a lot of people in our Letters to the Editor mailbag are seeing big biblical implications in this event.  I haven't seen much of that on the blogs.  is one of the first places I think of for blogs with a religious angle.  If you find any good religious discussions on recent events, let me know.

I've been poking through this looking at Malaysian bloggers.  has a lot of photos I haven't seen elsewhere.

tells a pretty horrifying tale of looting.   also talks about the problem of theft.

I keep reading stories about complications in the process that no one anticipated.  I read one story about the only disinfectant around being Lysol, which apparently isn't what they need.  about how the urge to dispose of the bodies may be counterproductive if it's not done properly.

is contributing to the video distribution effort.


I'll be talking on TV in a little while about tsunami links.  In addition to what I posted yesterday and the day before, here are others that may come up:

may be one of the few sites with enough cooperative readership to sustain the demand for online video.

is listing some first hand bloggers.

has been asked, and accepted the job at great personal expense, to writing up the Red Cross report.  Future reports from here will likely be compelling.  And they make the important point that blood donations are very much in demand particularly types that are more common for Europeans than Thai.

One is trying to keep track of medical reports like this .

A lot of people have written in with concerns they have about the charities they're giving to.   has charted many charities along with their AIP ratings.  The Web is definitely ready for this.

mentions the fear of further quakes and aftershocks.  Her aunt is going to the devastated areas to look for family, while her father is going to repair cell phone towers.

of a blogger struggling with bandwith problems to serve the video.  Note that he offers a bit torrent link. 

expresses some bitterness at the tragedy-mongering by the media:  "The news people keep trying to decide which place has been worst hit, juggling the order in which they announce the countries according to the latest grim statistics."

From the science angle, and from the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction.

blog from the Maldives  doesn't have many updates, but does a good job of crediting where the photos come from, like these photos by .


The blogosphere is still awash in tsunami links, most of them for .  A lot of the home videos you're seeing on TV were online first.  blog is making a valiant effort to collect it all in the face of a massive bandwidth drain.  from Mindcast is longer than the version I saw on TV.  Watching it, I can feel the growing panic as the water is rising and options are disappearing.  Something I've noticed about amateur video on the Web that is less effective on TV is the sound. 

on our site reminds me of the all over lower Manhattan after that tragedy.  I managed to click as far as the mentioned in the story before it got too sad to bear.

Boing Boing has assembled a of Southeast Asia bloggers.

After seeing and pictures in a few different places, I believe I've found the source at

The facts you thought you knew...  That U.N. guy bashed the U.S. for being stingy with tsunami aid, right?  Isn't that common knowledge at this point?  .

Of course, just because the U.N. guy didn't say it doesn't mean .

Glenn the stinginess charge -particularly against the American people, who he points out are donating so much to the collection, it is possible to literally watch the total rise by the second. (.)

From the mailbag...

To: WillFrom: Josh Parker Subject: Clicked: La Palma (Canary Islands) and the effects of an eruption on the U.S. I thought this was interesting- this is a couple of links to the possibility of a tsunami of a greater magnitude hitting the east coast.  This is a scientifically examined event and not that far out of the realm of possibility.  Find the .Other images of the results of a possible eruption at La Palma, .

Commuter Click:  Do you remember the guy in the movie Office Space who was fired but didn't realize it so he kept coming to work unpaid?  ( from .)  See if that character comes to mind when you read about guys who kept working for Apple even after they stopped working for Apple.  They're not pathetic like that guy was, but still a funny story.

Vacationer's holiday resource click:  .  Holy moly do I wish I had this last week in Florida.  I had a bear of a time with my in-laws' hobbled Dell.

New (new to me anyway) and their .

reports that will happen next month in New York City.  Look for the crowd of people with video cameras.... oh wait, that's pretty much everyone in New York City.

I feel like I've mentioned before for keeping track of year-end round-ups, but I found myself there again today and clicked enough links that it'll save us both some time if you just go there yourself.

I've heard of medical marijuana, but ?

This might have to be the on intrigue alone.  The new Sin City movie looks like it could be really cool or really cheesy (or both).

Alternate Video of the Day: .


As might be expected, just about everything I clicked coming back from vacation was related to .  The Web has played a big role in the coverage of this story, so there's a good chance you've clicked some of the following links yourself.  This is what I clicked:

Several bloggers are doing the heavy lifting of link gathering for the rest of us.

Blogs for help:

Some nice factual repositories that a lot of folks are pointing to are the official page of the , and the rapidly evolving for the event.  I'm not sure where this comes from but I also clicked this of the wave's progress.

What I find most compelling are the individual accounts.

  • The BBC has an of personal stories.
  • is blogging her experience.
  • has a list of first hand accounts, as does this entry.
  • This person is blogging from Sri Lanka.
  • My colleague points to Sri Lanka resident Web site.

Moving away from the tsunami story but staying in that part of the world: .

For some sense of the power and might of waves without having to endure the hear wrenching images from Asia, here's today's .

I keep hearing about how has the Web abuzz.  at some of that buzz.

Google's is up.  I have to wonder how this tsunami news would have ranked in their results if they'd kept them going a few more days.

Commuter Click:  .

Alternate Commuter Click: A funny look at the Chinese market.

is dedicated to female bloggers.  The main feature is the blogroll.  Holy moly.

These stories aren't related, but I thought it was interesting that I came upon two ten-point-refutations within a few clicks of each other.

When a big box story comes into a community, sucks the life out of its downtown, and then goes out of business, how are communities ?



Just what is wrong with Gollum ?  This is actually a really .  I also clicked:

Speaking of overthinking things... 

And speaking of Christmas hoaxes, I almost made video of the day!  He even wrote me a thank you note for the link.  HUMPH!

At first I wasn't sure about why the was coming up on blog lists, but then I stumbled upon this .  I have a feeling that the grey area of Iraqis reporting on insurgents for the West is not too different from the grey area of Iraqi feelings toward insurgents and the West.